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Our team of farm vets grew up immersed in the agricultural industry so understand the importance of practical advice and a hands-on approach to treating your livestock. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, personal service and our large number of long-standing clients is a testament to our ability to tailor our service to meet each specific farmer’s needs.

The farm animal department employs a team of three experienced farm vets, headed by Andrew Millar BVMS MRCVS. We cover a wide area surrounding Aberdeen, extending to a radius of 35 miles from our premises at Skene Road, Kingswells, although the majority of our clients are within a 20 mile distance. Many of our clients have been with the practice for a considerable period of time. This has allowed a mutual understanding to build up about the services we can provide for their livestock.

A dedicated and forward-thinking service is provided to all our clients by excellent animal healthcare thus improving farm productivity. We provide 24/7 emergency cover 365 days a year with routine and emergency procedures on your farm; herd/flock level preventative planning and advice. We are proud of the rapport we have built up over the years with our loyal clients.

The farm veterinary department is based at Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd, Skene Road, Kingswells, Aberdeen, AB15 8PJ. Telephone 01224 740700.

For non-urgent farm enquiries please email: farmandequine@ardenehouse.co.uk

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At Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd we aim to provide excellent animal healthcare and to help improve individual farms’ productivity through the advice and services we provide. We provide a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Heard health planning and benchmarking
  • Training courses for farmers and smallholders
  • APHA Import/Export certificates
  • Routine services including dehorning, castrating and pregnancy diagnosis
  • Bull fertility testing
  • Goat kid dehorning
  • Testing for Premium Cattle Health Scheme (BVD, IBR, Johne’s disease, Leptospirosis)
  • Testing for Premium Sheep and Goat Health Schemes (Maedi-Visna, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis, Enzootic Abortion of Ewes, Scrapie, Caseous Lymphadenitis)
  • Laboratory services either in-house or via SAC Veterinary Laboratory at Craibstone
  • Monthly newsletters providing up-to-date advice and information
  • Advice regarding many production-limiting problems including advice on calf rearing, parasite control and fertility
  • Second opinion bull insurance work

Our three farm vets provide a 24-hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Our farm office opening hours are:

Monday to Thursday 
8.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Friday
8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Saturday    
9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

THE CONTACT NUMBER FOR OUT OF HOURS FARM EMERGENCIES IS 01209 823708

Please note that out of hours calls to the 01224 740700 number are initially answered by an answering machine. If you hold the line you will be transferred to our emergency call handling service. For your information their direct dial emergency contact number is 01209 823708. Our answering machine does not record messages. The vets carry a pager and a mobile phone outside normal surgery hours in order to be contacted by the emergency answering service even if they are already on a call.

Veterinary Medicines can be collected from the surgery at Kingswells from Monday to Saturday during normal opening hours. During emergency hours the vet on duty will have to be contacted first to arrange for medicines to be collected.

Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA)
www.gov.uk/government/animal-and-plant-health-agency

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APHA Field Services Office, Inverurie
01467 626610

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Abattoirs:

Scotbeef (Inverurie) Ltd
01467 620631

McIntosh Donald, Portlethen
01224 780381

Millers of Speyside
01479 872520

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DEFRA Rural Services Helpline
03000 200301
www.defra.gov.uk

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Food Standards Agency
01582 831919
www.hsa.org.uk

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National Fallen Stock Co (NFSACo) Helpline
01335 320014
www.nfsco.co.uk
www.scotland/gov.uk/guidance/fallen-stock

Douglasbrae Knackery, Keith
01542 882728

North East Fallen Stock
01261 963963

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SAC Consulting (SRUC, Mill of Craibstone)
01224 711177

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Andrew Millar BVMS MRCVS

Andrew grew up on a mixed farm in South West Scotland; the farm was predominately dairy although there were breeding sheep and beef suckler cows. He has been with Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd since 2001 and is responsible for the Farm Animal services throughout the practice. Andrew qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow University in 1992. Prior to working at Ardene House he gained experience in several mixed practices in the West of Scotland and the North of England. He has a particular interest in cattle and sheep, and in improving the health of both the individual animal and the herd/flock.  Andrew is also a BCVS Accredited Johne’s Veterinary Adviser.  Andrew is married with two children and enjoys living and working in Aberdeenshire.

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Austen Marr BVM&S MRCVS

Austen graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in Edinburgh in 2002. He started working at the forerunner to Clyde Vet Group in Lanark focussing on Farm animals and Horses. There he got a grounding working within all aspects of farm work. The work was varied from lowland intensive systems to harsh hill farming conditions, the animals served encompassed dairy, beef, commercial and pedigree sheep and cattle.

In 2006 he started specialising in horses working in both the first opinion and referral sides, with a client base ranging from pleasure horses through racehorses and eventers to international show jumpers. He led the Scintigraphy (Bone Scanning) service and was heavily involved in the day and night anaesthetic rotas.

In February 2011 Austen joined the Ardene House team as a Farm animal and Equine Vet. Austen’s interests include fertility, obstetrics, neonatology and colic. He is a Permitted FEI Treating Veterinarian and has officiated at numerous Endurance and TREK events and Championships throughout Scotland. Austen has his own collection of animals to look after including his wife’s endurance horses.

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Giovanni Capuzzello MRCVS

Giovanni moved from his native Italy to the UK in June 2016 to join the Large Animal Vet Team at Ardene House.  Originally from Comiso (Ragusa), Giovanni grew on his family farm where he gained experience in the management of dairy cattle, before studying at the University of Bologna and obtaining a Master Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2012.  After qualifying he attended a postgraduate school, “Animal health, breeding and livestock production” and at the same time starting his veterinary career in a variety of positions the most recent being at a farm in Hungary with 1500 milking cows/3000 total herd.

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At Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd we believe that good heard and flock health planning is a very important part of managing a successful farm. We wish to support our clients when creating a comprehensive health plan for their farms. Many farm assurance schemes now require an annual health plan discussed with and signed by your vet. At Ardene House we mainly create health plans on the online Scottish Animal Health Planning System (https://www.sahps.co.uk). This allows both the client and vet to access the health plan and update any changes to the health plan or benchmark figures at any time. If the online plan is kept up to date then a current and relevant health plan can be quickly accessed and printed whenever required.

Many of our clients are members of the Premium Cattle Health Scheme and Premium Seep and Goat Health Schemes for which we provide annual testing and advice. Other schemes are also available so please keep us informed if you become a member of any health scheme.

FARM COURSES

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DIY AI Courses can save you time and money by getting your cow inseminated at the right time without the stress of waiting for the technician.

Our DIY AI courses are delivered over four days: 85% of the course time is devoted to hands-on tuition so that the dexterity skills required have adequate time to be mastered.

All aspects of AI are covered, including:

  • Legislation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Safe handling of liquid nitrogen and semen straws
  • Thawing procedures
  • The practical AI technique

The AI technique is practiced on live cows, on farm. The on farm environment gives a very relaxed training atmosphere. Assessment of the technique is done by ultrasound examination since the cows are inseminated with a viscose liquid which shows up on an ultrasound scanner.

Date of next course: Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 May 2017

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Our lambing courses can provide you with the knowledge every sheet farmer needs to know to ensure a successful lambing season.

All aspects of lambing are covered including:

  • How to prepare for lambing time
  • The importance of good nutritional management prior to lambing
  • How to prevent and treat common per-natal problems in both the sheep and the lambs
  • Common causes of ovine abortion
  • Clostridial vaccinations
  • How to investigate and reduce the incidence of abortion in your flock
  • Normal parturition and when to either intervene or seek veterinary advice

Date of next course: 3rd February 2017

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 704700

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Our sheep smallholders’ course teachers a range of practical techniques which every sheet owner would benefit from learning, including:

  • Application and regulations
  • Correct usage of drenching guns
  • Common injection sites and methods
  • Basic lameness control for your flock

This course can be adapted to suit the experience of the group.

Date of next course: Tuesday 23 August 2016

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700 or book online at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

FarmSkills has also launched an innovative Farmer Portal providing a practical tool for farmers to access training and book onto workshops from anywhere with internet access. Why not sign up today at http://www.farmskills.co.uk/new-farmer-portal/

Footnote: More information about all courses is available at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

Our foot trimming courses can save you time and money by teaching you the skills required to identify lameness quickly and be able to correct the most common minor causes of lameness before the welfare of your cattle and the productivity of your farm is compromised.

These courses are delivered over three days; the vast majority of the course time is devoted to hands-on tuition, so that the foot trimming skills required have adequate time to be mastered.

All aspects of foot trimming are covered, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the bovine foot
  • Dairy co-mobility scoring to quickly identify and rate severity of lameness
  • Common disease affecting the bovine foot
  • How to safely restrain a cow and pick up its feet for trimming
  • Practical foot trimming using the 5-stage Dutch trimming technique
  • How to adequately maintain your foot trimming knives
  • How and when to apply blocks
  • When to seek specialist/veterinary advice

The foot trimming technique is practiced on live cows, on farm. This on farm environment gives a very relaxed training atmosphere.

Date of next course: TBA

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700 or book online at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

FarmSkills has also launched an innovative Farmer Portal providing a practical tool for farmers to access training and book onto workshops from anywhere with internet access. Why not sign up today at http://www.farmskills.co.uk/new-farmer-portal/

Footnote: More information about all courses is available at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

The Safe and Effective Use of Veterinary Medicines

The XLVets FarmSkills Safe and Effective Use of Veterinary Medicines workshop aims to increase trainees’ knowledge of safety and good practice as well as outlining the legislative requirements for on farm medicines use.

The course also aims to increase trainees’ understanding of the different types of medicines used and how these relate to the common diseases on farm.

Date of next course: TBA

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700 or book online at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

FarmSkills has also launched an innovative Farmer Portal providing a practical tool for farmers to access training and book onto workshops from anywhere with internet access. Why not sign up today at http://www.farmskills.co.uk/new-farmer-portal/

Footnote: More information about all courses is available at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

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Trainees will be able to manage the health of their bull effectively and know how to make the most of this valuable asset on farm.

There is some theory taught in our CPD room and then the rest of the course if on farm.

Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, which can be disinfected when entering farm, are required for most of these courses.

 Date of next course: TBA

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700 or book online at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

FarmSkills has also launched an innovative Farmer Portal providing a practical tool for farmers to access training and book onto workshops from anywhere with internet access. Why not sign up today at http://www.farmskills.co.uk/new-farmer-portal/

Footnote: More information about all courses is available at the FarmSkills website: http://www.farmskills.co.uk/courses

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